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Local Food Hub Working to Put Healthy Food on Lunch Tables

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As part of Virginia Farm to School Week, an area nonprofit is striving to provide access to fresh food to as many students as possible.

The Local Food Hub is partnering with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the Virginia Department of Education and other organizations to celebrate the 4th annual Virginia Farm to School Week from November 12 to 16.

There will be events throughout the state for students from kindergarten through college, to encourage them to eat healthy and learn more about where their food comes from.

This year the Local Food Hub is working with 52 public schools in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Greene, Nelson, and Waynesboro to put fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as local, grass-fed beef, on lunch menus.

This week, to highlight the importance of serving Virginia grown foods in cafeterias, there will be programs to teach students the source of their food, meet the farmer events, and other activities.

"I think it's important for kids to learn about where their food comes from, to learn about seasonality, to meet farmers and maybe think about that as a career path," said Emily Manley, the outreach and development director for the Local Food Hub. "It's just really important to have that connection to your food."

The food hub says 55 percent of children in Charlottesville City Schools qualify for free or reduced lunch, and they want to make those meals more nutritious.

They say they need to raise $500 by November 16 to make it happen, and they're asking for people in the community to donate. Click here for more information on how you can donate.

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